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Japan | 22 October 2018
Japan's ageing rice farmers face uncertain future

A crop once deemed so important it served as a form of currency, Japanese rice has fallen out of favour with younger, westernised consumers, in a shift that has left ageing farmers struggling for surv...


Japan | 26 September 2018
Raccoons wreak havoc with agriculture and native species in Japan

Originally brought to Japan as pets, raccoons are being released into the wild when they become too big. Now it has become too difficult for Japanese authorities to control them. Julian Ryall reports ...


Japan | 24 August 2018
Drones offer high-tech help to Japan's ageing farmers

The next generation farmhand in Japan’s ageing rural heartland may be a drone. For several months, developers and farmers in northeast Japan have been testing a new drone that can hover above paddy...


Japan | 26 June 2018
Farming increasingly dependent on non-Japanese

For Giri Bishnu, a 36-year-old from Nepal, the legal hurdles may have been his toughest challenge in growing onions on farmland that some considered unsuitable for the crop. He is one of the few no...


Japan | 25 June 2018
Is farming in Japan on its last legs?

Shigenobu Fukumoto was born into a farming family close to Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture. Growing up in the early 1970s surrounded by fields of rice, carrots, cabbage and green onions, Fukumoto and hi...


Japan | 12 June 2018
Shiga farmer strives to preserve indigenous Japanese horses

A farm that raises only indigenous Japanese horses has opened near a shrine known as a “sacred site of horses” in Shiga Prefecture, and its owner is intent on breeding more of them to preserve the spe...


Japan | 6 June 2018
Lonely furrow: Little pay dirt for organic farming in Japan

Yuya Shibakai sometimes feels he is plowing a lonely furrow. The Japanese farmer produces organic lettuce, tomatoes, carrots and other vegetables for a market that has tasted nothing like the succe...


Japan | 21 May 2018
Urban farmer Jon Walsh finds fertile ground in Tokyo

Seven years ago, Jon Walsh watched as earthquakes shook his home country of New Zealand and his current home in Japan. Like many, his mind turned to disaster-preparedness; however, his train of though...


Japan | 30 April 2018
From farm to fork: UK food and drink in Japan

Combined, the scent of tender British pork on the grill, the subtle yet refreshing tang of mints and the sound of whiskies, gins and beers being poured proved irresistible to visitors at Foodex Japan ...


Japan | 16 March 2018
Small farm aims to revive 'kingdom of milk' on Tokyo island

There is a free range farm for Jersey milk on the remote island of Hachijojima, which is about 300 kilometers south of central Tokyo but part of the capital. Hachijo Dairy Industry Inc. is a small ...


Japan | 24 February 2018
Drone use in agriculture increasing in Japan

The number of drones used in agriculture is increasing in the country, with some farmers starting to utilize the aerial vehicles for visual inspections of crops and other new purposes. Drones “are ...


Japan | 12 February 2018
Gov supports food exporters as Japan enjoys global 'washoku' boom

An increasing number of farmers and food companies have been exporting products recently, as washoku Japanese cuisine enjoys a boom overseas. Exports of agricultural, fishery and forestry products ...


Japan | 7 February 2018
Japan told to invest in agriculture

The Japan External Trade Organisation is encouraging Japanese private firms to invest in Zambia’s agriculture sector. Organisation Executive Vice President, Katsumi Hirano says his entity is target...


Japan | 5 January 2018
TPP sows fear in Japan's agriculture industry

Consumer groups and farmers in Japan fear the repercussions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement (TPP), which is quickly moving forward on the heels of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s conferen...


Japan | 13 December 2017
Japanese see value in Shan, Mon agriculture sector

Japanese interest in the agriculture sector of Shan and Mon States is rising. In particular, investors see the opportunity to provide the machinery and equipment farmers need for harvesting their crop...


Japan | 31 October 2017
Drones expected to boost agriculture in Japan

Companies are increasingly competing to develop high-tech agricultural drones for crop spraying and other uses, working to sell their drones to small-scale farmers, who are facing a serious shortage o...


Japan | 10 October 2017
Yanmar-Konica Minolta venture pushes automation of nation’s agriculture

Farm equipment manufacturer Yanmar Co. and precision equipment maker Konica Minolta Inc. are pushing the automation of Japan’s agriculture amid an aging and decreasing farming population. The two c...


Japan | 6 October 2017
Japan's embassies, consulates to help push agriculture exports

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono will direct diplomatic outposts to prepare monthly accounts outlining the local state of Japanese farm products as part of the government's efforts to boost exports...


Japan | 22 September 2017
Toyota applies famed management system to agriculture

Toyota Motor Corp. is using its globally renowned manufacturing management system to improve farmers’ efficiency. Nabehachi Nousan Co., a farming corporation in Yatomi, Aichi Prefecture, has adopte...


Japan | 22 September 2017
Japan to open more agriculture jobs to foreign trainees

Japan will offer workers from overseas on-the-job training in processing agricultural goods, seeking to relieve a labor shortage for employers that increasingly handle aspects of the farming business ...


Japan | 18 September 2017
Why a loss for Japanese farms is a win for Brexit Britain

The Japanese, like other nations, have long placed food and farming at the heart of their traditional culture. They have long regarded rice, especially, with a semi-mystical reverence, performing a wh...


Japan | 18 August 2017
Japan raises tariffs for beef imports, NZ to lose out to Australia

Japan will be a less lucrative beef market for New Zealand after it lifted its tariff rates on frozen product from 38.5 to 50 per cent. The rates were raised because of an increase in the amount of...


Japan | 10 August 2017
Tech-savvy farmers a new hope for Japan's shrinking agriculture sector

A new breed of younger, business- and tech-savvy farmers are transforming Japan's shrinking agriculture sector with cutting edge techniques and marketing strategies, giving new hope to an industry in ...


Japan | 9 August 2017
New farm minister not interested in rethink of U.S. beef import curbs

Ken Saito, newly appointed minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, says he is not considering rethinking the country’s safeguard emergency import restriction system for beef, which has been c...


Japan | 27 July 2017
Japan to hike tariffs on frozen beef imports from U.S.

Japan will raise tariffs on frozen beef imports from the United States and some other countries to protect domestic producers against a surge in imports, local media reported on Thursday. Tariffs o...


Japan | 7 July 2017
Japan-EU trade deal grates on U.S. cheese plans

Forget sushi. The Japanese may soon be ringing up more pizzas. A new trade deal with the European Union will make it cheaper for Japan to import dairy products. That means mozzarella from Italy, f...


Japan | 22 June 2017
Japan may set tariff-free quota for EU beef under EPA

Japan is considering setting a tariff-free import quota for beef from European Union member states, as requested by the EU in the two sides’ negotiations on an economic partnership agreement for free ...


Japan | 22 May 2017
Japan to prune taxes in hopes of growing farm business

The Japanese government is moving to cut taxes on operators of high-tech indoor farms to encourage more businesses to enter the sector and turn "smart agriculture" into a growth industry. Under cur...


Japan | 16 May 2017
Japanese agriculture firms attract young crops

University students and other young people are showing more interest in careers in agriculture, spurred by a recent increase in agricultural corporations, where even people who are not from farming fa...


Japan | 16 May 2017
New Japanese tech makes growing vegetables possible in any environment

In a tiny room inside the Mebiol Research and Development Center, a little over an hour outside of Tokyo, baby Kos lettuce leaves are growing in a tray under magenta-coloured lights. On another shelf,...



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